India secured a dominant eight-wicket victory in the second ODI against New Zealand, sealing the three-match series in Raipur on Saturday. The hosts’ pace battery, led by Mohammed Shami, produced a devastating effort to dismiss the visitors for just 108 runs before India easily chased down the target in 20.1 overs. Rohit Sharma led the charge with a well-crafted 50 off 51 balls, while Shubman Gill remained unbeaten on 40 off 53 deliveries.
The game was set up by the Indian pacers early on, with Shami leading the way with two quick wickets. He bowled with precision and accuracy, and his teammates, including Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, and Hardik Pandya, followed his lead. The pace attack was relentless and the Kiwis were unable to handle the pressure, collapsing to 15 for 5 in the Powerplay.
Shami was in top form, dismissing Finn Allen in the first over of the match and taking two more wickets before the end of the Powerplay. Siraj and Pandya also chipped in with wickets, and the spinners finished the job by bowling out New Zealand for a paltry 108 in the 35th over.
India were clinical in their chase, with Rohit and Gill providing a solid start. Rohit hit several trademark pull shots, including a six, while Gill displayed his elegance with some exquisite strokes.
The crowd was entertained due to the arrival of Virat Kohli, but he could only last for 9 balls as he was dismissed by Mitchell Santner for the second time in two games. Shubman Gill, though, remained unbeaten and got India over the line. The 3rd and final ODI will be played on Tuesday in Indore.